Aug 25, 2012 2:02 PM by Q2 News
A wildfire east of Roundup has grown to over 10,000 acres in less than 24 hours.
Firefighters working the Delphia Fire continued structure protection efforts this morning along Fishel Creek, which is evacuated, and residents south along Hawk Creek road remained on pre-evacuation notice this morning. There are reports of structures destroyed last night by the blaze, but officials were still determining the types of structures and whether they were homes or outbuildings.
Heavy smoke has inhibited air operations so far this morning, but managers were hoping to fly over the fire to determine size and observe fire activity. Preliminary size estimates for the Delphia Fire put it at 10,000+ acres. The fire is 0% contained, and no injuries have been reported.
Additional firefighting resources rolled into Musselshell County overnight and throughout the morning, including wildland fire engines, water tenders and heavy equipment. The priority today will continue to be structure protection. A Northern Rockies Incident Management Team was ordered for the fire last night, and operations personnel began arriving early today. The team will be formally briefed on the situation this afternoon and assume command of the fire tonight or tomorrow morning.
The American Red Cross set up a shelter at the Musselshell School for affected residents, and several checked in yesterday, but none stayed at the shelter overnight. Today's weather forecast calls for milder winds, but low relative humidity, with highs in the upper 70s and low 80s.